People are searching for something sacred. Every day, each and every one of us yearns for something to fill our souls. We seek out any number of things to quiet our hearts and occupy our minds, but the Sacred constantly evades us. As much as we consume to feel better or perform good works to alleviate the angst of this world, we are left with a feeling of emptiness and desperation.
The Sacred cannot be found in things or causes. It cannot be found in relationships. It cannot be found in abstractions of love, beauty or truth. And it cannot be found in the world of nature or in a life of abstention. The moment we make anything “sacred” in this world, time reveals it to be a farce. Sacred oaths are broken, sacred rights are infringed, sacred places are desecrated, and sacred things are stolen from us or discarded when their apparent sacredness wears off.
Some would say that the Sacred can only be found in God, and they will be very quick to tell you Who and What God is. Yet religious ideals, dogma and orthodoxy ebb and flow with the current of time and no religious system of belief is sacred in and of itself. They attempt to point the mind and heart in a general direction, but it is doubtful that any one person has walked the Path of the Sacred.
No one in this world has a clear understanding of the Sacred and no one ever has, not Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Socrates, Joseph Smith, Ron Hubbard or any one of the Popes. Sacredness is not created or maintained by attaching labels, directions and warnings to one particular understanding. In fact, it can be argued that the very essence of the Sacred precludes any one thing from being sacred. As soon as one says, “this is sacred”, you might as well move on. It is not.
The Sacred will never be found. It is the Mystery we seek to uncover but cannot discover, the Riddle we seek to solve but cannot compute, the Goal we aim to achieve but never will reach. The search keeps the entire Universe moving forward and drives the actions of men. This search is itself the reason for the machinations of time. The Sacred is life unfolding. We are inextricably caught up in that unfolding, and although we may point to “this” and “that” as sacred, we fail to recognize the Sacred.
The Sacred is nowhere and everywhere. It is the breath we breathe, and the life we claim to draw that breath. The Sacred is what we are all seeking but fail to see with every beat of our hearts.
The Sacred has always been ours and we have always been a part of the Sacred. There is no search to undertake, no obstacle to overcome, no new experience to reveal it to you. It is always and forever the fulfillment we deny in our own hearts – not by some divine act of punishment or cruelty, but by our own assertions.
We have a list of assertions we make every day that are sacred to us. We protect those assertions, build upon them, accumulate more of them and attempt to create more sacredness. We fail, time and time again. And we will continue to fail until we lay down our assertions.
The Sacred reveals itself to the mind that is free of assertions. Therefore, seek not to find the Sacred. Seek to illuminate your own assertions, challenge them, and remove their sacredness from your mind. Perhaps then the Sacred will impress Itself upon your heart and mind and you will know that the search is over – itself a construct to keep the Sacred away from our mind.
Perhaps then you will realize how sacred you are. This is the supreme realization we all must make eventually. We won’t until we are unwilling to NOT see the sacredness in everything.